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Is Boris Johnson heading for another Brexit crisis?

December 2, 2019 4:57 PM

The Financial Times may not be everyone's idea of a light read but MSN today quote one of their articles which looks at the reality behind the claim that he will get Brexit done

Amongst their conclusions are

Boris Johnson's promise to "Get Brexit Done" has proved a powerful election slogan, but the prime minister's critics claim but it masks the fact that if he wins the election Britain faces a tough and potentially humiliating trade negotiation with the EU.

Mr Barnier says the EU's objective will be to strike a trade deal which provides tariff-free and quota-free access on goods, as sought by Britain. But Brussels has said little about what might be on offer on services, an area where international trade agreements tend to achieve less in terms of market access.
Observers note this approach could be mainly to the EU's advantage.It would help maintain trade in goods, where the EU enjoyed a £94bn surplus in 2018 in trade with the UK. It might do little or nothing on services, where Britain has run a trade surplus with the EU in every year since 2005.

Sir Ivan Rodgers a previous envoy to the EU said last week that Mr Johnson thought Britain could enjoy autonomy and trade and regulation, on both goods and services, and on migration policy, but not suffer any downside in terms of access to the EU's market."This is clearly untrue," he said at Glasgow university. "It does not get any truer through endless repetition."

If you are one of those who hopes a Conservative victory will make Brexit go away this articles shows just how wrong that hope will be. Its a shortish article and well worth a read. The full article is here Is Boris Johnson heading for another Brexit crisis?